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Record 19849

Reading Experience:

[Pilkington tells how her poem on 'Paper' was seen by a 'Lady of Distinction'] 'She would examine what I had been scribbling, and seem'd so well pleased with my Rhymes, that she did them the Honour to put them in her Pocket-Book, and I never thought more of them. About four years after this, making a visit to Baron [italics] Wainwright[end italics]'s Lady, she told me she had got a very pretty Poem from [italics] London [end italics], wrote by the Lord Chancellor [italics] Talbot[end italics]'s Daughter, a young Lady of but twelve Years of Age, and desir'd I would read them for the Good of the Company; but how great was my Surprise, to find they were the above Lines! however I went thro' my task, and Mrs [italics] Wainwright [end italics] ask'd my Opinion of them, and seem'd impatient at my Silence' [Pilkington then tells how she managed to convey diplomatically that they were hers, saying she'd seen them four years before, whereupon] the Baron said, that he also remember'd them, and that he was told by the Person he saw them with, that they were writ by a very young Girl, who was married to a clergyman in [italics] Ireland [end italics]...'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: From: 1 Jan 1732
Country: Ireland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Dublin
specific address: William St
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Laetitia Pilkington
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1708
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: clergyman's wife
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Baron and Mrs wainwright and others
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Laetitia Pilkington
Title: Paper
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
read at home of the Wainwrights


Source Information:

Record ID: 19849  
Source - Print  
  Author: Laetitia Pilkington
  Editor: A.C. Elias
  Title: Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington
  Place of Publication: Athens GA
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: I
  Page: 46
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Laetitia Pilkington, A.C. Elias (ed.), Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington (Athens GA, 1997), I, p. 46,, accessed: 23 May 2024

Additional comments:

Date of birth was 1708 or 1709. The Ms was presumably not Pilkington's own, copies rather having circulated.



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